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Click to enlargeTEA TIME TALKS #4
Dec 12, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm talk/event
Chelsea Space invites you to join us for the fourth and final afternoon tea running in conjunction with the exhibition Rasheed Araeen, Peter Fillingham and Chelsea Space. Each Wednesday between 4:30 – 6:00pm we have had a special guest hosting the afternoon with a talk in the gallery.
Wednesday 21 November - Dr. David Dibosa
Wednesday 28 November - Mahmood Jamal
Wednesday 5 December - Garth Lewis
Wednesday 12 December - Peter Fillingham in conversation with Cécile Bourne-Farrell
Wednesday 12 December we are delighted to have artist Peter Fillingham in conversation with curator Cécile Bourne-Farrell.
Donald Smith, Director of Exhibitions at Chelsea Space, will welcome guests from 4:30pm. Mahmood will begin his performance at 5pm.
A selection of teas and doughnuts will be provided, please feel free to bring your own mug otherwise paper cups will be available.
Peter and Cécile will be talking within the current exhibition, as such due to limited capacity, please ensure to book your place through the booking link provided.
Peter Fillingham
Peter Fillingham is a sculptor and curator. His practice includes site-specific, object-based installation, regeneration and cultural events. During the last three decades he has worked, collaborated and exhibited with many creative figures. His studio practice is related to a theatre of sculpture, (the processes through which ideas pass towards being realised as material/complete).
Since 1997 Fillingham has played a large part in ‘making present’ artistic events on the peripheries of perceived cultural epicentres, notably in Kent and Nord Pas de Calais, where his work has been highlighted in publications by Art Historian and writer Jane Lee. Known for his sensitivity in situating artists - through exhibitions and events - to new places and spaces, in turn, he is able to introduce those places – and art - to broader audiences. He is highly sympathetic to already existing ad hoc situations, which are not essentially changed through his interventions, but sit side-by-side with them.
His artistic practice has played an informed critical role in his teaching practice. He is a former Head of the 3D Pathway (Sculpture) at Central St. Martins and a former Chair of Fine Arts at Parson’s Paris. He is Editor-at-large at /Seconds.
Cécile Bourne-Farrell
Cécile is an independent curator who worked for the Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, and for both public, private and Higher Education institutions in Africa, Asia and Europe, including King’s College London. She joins Arts Cabinet on an advisory capacity, and as Curator, Special Projects.
Free but booking essential:

May 1 - 31, 2019
Chelsea Space is pleased to present a solo show by artist Debra Welch. This exhibition focuses on the closure of her old school in Portsmouth, King Richard School, previously Paulsgrove Secondary Modern Boys & Girls School. Situated on a large post-war council estate in Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, it served families who lived there for over 60 years, becoming a central pillar to the local community. Welch sensed a melancholy around this closure and in 2016 began a process of communicating with the school, the community and the local authorities, recording a collective memory. This evolving research culminated in the artist documenting the building in its last days before demolition in 2018.
‘All Things Are Yours’ (a motto taken from one of the school's emblems) brings together new video, sculptural and photographic works made over the duration of this project, while Welch spent time between London and Portsmouth.
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May 31, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm talk/event
Debra Welch and Jo Melvin in Conversation
Finissage ‘All Things Are Yours’
Date: Friday 31 May 6-8pm
Location: Chelsea Space, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip St, SW1P 4JU
We would like to invite you to join us for a conversation between artist Debra Welch with curator and writer Dr. Jo Melvin on the final day of the artist’s solo exhibition ‘All Things Are Yours’ at Chelsea Space.
‘All Things Are Yours’ brings together new video, sculptural and photographic works made by Welch over the duration of a project for which she documented her old school in Portsmouth, King Richard School (previously Pauslgrove Secondary Modern Boys & Girls School), before it was demolished in 2018.
Curator Gaia Giacomelli will welcome guests from 5:30pm. The talk will begin at 6pm.
Due to limited capacity for the talk, please ensure to book your place through this booking link -
The finissage drinks reception will follow the talk from 7-8pm, no booking required.
The exhibition continues Tuesday - Friday 11am-5pm until 31 May.
Debra Welch (b. Portsmouth, lives and works in London) works within video, printmaking and sculpture. Video works often materialise from a long period of collecting footage and whilst the subject matter itself presents the initial grounding for the work, the filming starts from an observational perspective with no pre-conceived ideas of its capture, script or outcome. This freedom within the capturing of footage allows for accidental elements to present themselves, offering new perspectives within the editing for both visual and audio. Recent residencies, solo and group exhibitions: residency at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth (2019); Second Edition Averard Hotel, London (2016); ‘Workshop Projects’ Sugarhouse Studios, London (2016); Skirting Corners 100plus, Zurich (2014); ‘The Archive of The New’ film work in collaboration with Donald Smith and Bruce McLean, shown at White Cube, London (2013). Debra completed her MA in 2011 at Royal College of Art, London, and her BA Fine Art (Printmaking) in 2008 from Winchester School of Art.
Jo Melvin is a curator and writer, Reader in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, London and director of the Barry Flanagan Estate. She is based in London, UK. Current projects include: Language Games, Franca with Fabio Georgi Alberti and Adelaide Cioni, Cannara, PG, Italy; and Machismo, Villa Lontana, Roma with Vittoria Bonifati; forthcoming Publication Scaffold, in Dublin, Ireland with Sean Lynch and Michele Horrigan; and, Barry Flanagan retrospective at IKON Gallery Birmingham, UK. Publications in 2019 are: Gene Beery, FriArts, Switzerland; David Nash, National Gallery of Wales. In production are ones with Andrew Bick, David Tremlett and Noel Forster. Recent exhibitions include: The Hare as Metaphor: Barry Flanagan, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York 2018; Sculptureless Sculpture and Archaeology of the mind; the metadata of Villa Lontana Rome, 2018 with Vittoria Bonifati; and Christine Kozlov: Information No Theory, at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK. Guest critic with The Booklyn Rail, New York, Fifteen people present their favourite book and Forgotten Moments; Future Exhibitions. In 2018 she was guest curator with the Mahler & LeWitt Studios, Spoleto, Italy, where she devised a residency, symposium and publication-as-exhibition project in collaboration with Viaindustriae, Foligno, Radio Arte Mobile, Rome.
Image: Film still taken from ‘All Things Are Yours’ 2019 © Debra Welch


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